Food & Wine
Spice Up Your Life: A New Food Subscription Box to Consider
Spiced Pantry just launched this month and I’ve been eagerly anticipating my first box. They send recipes and the necessary spices and other hard to find cooking ingredients from a new country every two months. You just supply the fresh ingredients such as meat and vegetables. Kind of like Try the World meets Hello Fresh.
I’ll admit I was a little nervous but eager to try — I do best with pre-made food or fun condiments like Try the World sends or all the ingredients provided with the meal delivery services. But as I find myself enjoying making more complicated and exotic recipes, it seemed like Spiced Pantry might be a good fit.
The inaugural November box is Lebanon and features ingredients for recipes like Maghmour (Eggplant Stew), Shish Tawook (Chicken Kebabs), and Fetoush (Bread Salad).
Which means I was introduced to za’atar — a blend of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac– and sumac, a lemon flavored spice. Bulghur I knew. )
And of course Allspice and Tahini, as well as Pomegranate Molasses.
The frugal side of me wondered if it would be worth the price. Since I live in DC it wouldn’t be hard for me to find these ingredients, but other places I’ve lived it would be nigh impossible. And then I’d have to be inspired to find recipes in the first place. That’s why I love the concept of Spiced Pantry — I’m far more likely to test my culinary skills if it’s delivered to my door.
It runs $39.95 for a bi-monthly subscription with discounts for 3 and 6 box subscriptions. Heels First readers can get 15% off all subscriptions (including gift subscriptions) through December 20 with code HEELSFIRST15. If you do try it out, let me know what you think!
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